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three are better than one

A year ago I started stem-cell therapy at ProgenCell. I had a problem with my knee from an old bicycle accident. I used to race competitively until one day I took a hard spill – my front wheel seized up and I flew tail over teakettle onto the road, knee first. My bones were okay but I tore some ligaments and ever since my knee has been very painful. The cartilage has worn down over time to where the pain became constant. Starting when I was 27 – and today I’m almost 48 – I’ve been going to “sports” doctors and taking alternative treatments in order to avoid surgery because the people I’ve known with similar conditions who tried surgery have never walked the same and they still have pain.

How did I come to ProgenCell? One day my knee hurt so much that I couldn’t even walk. It frightened me to see that things had gotten so bad because I had already done everything I could think of – except the surgery, which is the last thing I would ever want to do, and it seemed like I had no other option left. I went back on the internet for more “alternative medicine” and came across this amazing stem-cell clinic in Tijuana where they offered me something revolutionary – a non-invasive technique utilizing my own stem cells. I didn’t get half of what the clinic was talking about, but I did understand that my knee would recover the most after three treatments, one every four months. A whole year sounded like a long time to treat my knee but, compared to all the time I had been living in pain, it sounded like it might be worth a try.

So I sent my X-rays to be reviewed by ProgenCell’s medical committee (which I’m told includes three of the best orthopedic surgeons in Tijuana), and they accepted me as a patient. I decided to let them treat my knee with my own stem cells. On my first visit I had serious doubts about how effective all this would be because the procedure seemed too simple – they took my stem cells from my hip and injected them into my knee all within an hour. But four weeks later I noticed that the pain was considerably less than before. Not gone completely, but it made a big difference.

What convinced me to continue with the treatments was that I was finally able to take my morning walk without all that pain and stiffness. That made me think that, if my improvement could continue, I’d be able to return to my daily activities as if I had never had that accident. I decided to return to ProgenCell for the other two treatments of the recommended protocol. One of the great things about this clinic is their flexibility – even though they recommend three treatments, they don’t mind letting you take just one. Even when you agree to the complete protocol to begin with, they’ll only charge you for them individually at the time you show up for each treatment. No pressure.

ProgenCell handles every patient’s case with a lot of personal attention. They gave me a detailed explanation of the protocol and described the effects I should expect from each session. They were very clear and honest with me. This thoughtfulness influenced my decision to continue with my treatments. In fact, I would go so far as to say that the friendliness and professionalism of their doctors create a unique experience for the patient.

three are better than one

It’s been two months since my third procedure at ProgenCell and I can say that my recovery was fairly quick and that my pain is gone completely. ProgenCell has been one of the best investments in my life because I can now live normally. It’s not like I’m going to become a marathon runner, but at least I now have my bicycle back and that’s very important to me. It’s worth taking the full course of therapy to live “the ProgenCell experience”.

Samuel M.

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Tijuana isn't what you'd think, stem cells, Tijuana, ProgenCellMy mother is undergoing stem-cell therapy at the moment. Her protocol calls for three sessions in order for the stem cells to be most effective. It’s time for her third session and it’s my turn to take her to Tijuana. We live in San Diego, so there’s no problem about travel or staying overnight, but the biggest problem for me was the fear of being in Tijuana. My two brothers took our mother for the previous sessions, and the all told me there’s nothing to worry about, that the news media blew everything out of proportion in 2008. When I told my fiancée that I didn’t want to take my mom to Tijuana, she just rolled her eyes at me and said the city isn’t like that at all, that it’s a lot safe than comparable cities in the United States.

My fiancée used to live in Tijuana. While she was there, the foodie scene really took off, and then the art scene. After that, the news media reported better news and people’s opinions about the places improved a lot. Unfortunately, the negative always gets more importance than the positive, so mostly just the locals knew about the food and art. Even people as close as San Diego didn’t really hear about the good news in Tijuana.

On the other hand, I learned from my own brief investigation, that Tijuana has recently been named as the best destination for medical tourism in all of Mexico. This is due in part to how close it is to the United States and how medical tourists don’t need to take out a passport to visit. Another factor is the outstanding quality and innovation of the medicine being practiced in Tijuana by doctors of international standing. Patients from all over the world come to Tijuana in search of alternative medical treatments that are unavailable to them at home. They can expect to save between forty and eighty percent over the costs back home, with the same quality of service or better. In my investigation I even learned about a special lane at the border that allows medical tourists to cross back into the United States in twenty minutes or less.

Once I saw the true face of Tijuana, I understood that there’s no reason to worry. So, when I took my mother to the ProgenCell clinic, I understood why Tijuana is called Mexico’s top destination for medical tourism. I’ve never seen such professionalism and attentiveness.
While my mother was having her procedure, I decided to take a walk around the neighborhood. The area is amazing, not just because of the variety of restaurants and cafés but it’s also home to Tijuana’s Cultural Center, a combination of museum, art gallery, and the IMAX theater-in-the-round nicknamed “La Bola” (The Ball). My short walk showed me a Tijuana that no one ever sees on television.

Because ProgenCell’s procedure is non-invasive, my mother was ready to go as soon as it was over. Then we faced the hardest part of our trip: deciding where to eat. There were hundreds of choices, each more interesting than the last. That’s when I made myself a promise to come back often just to savor as much of the city as possible, to learn about the cultural scene, and maybe even get my own stem-cell treatment for the knee that has been bothering me.

Abraham P.

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